Is life a gift?

Head on over to the Personalist Project to read my piece on Chesterton and gratitude:

… We’re often told to cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” and to remember that “life is a gift.” For some reason, as much as these adages appeal, they can feel meaningless when life is particularly challenging; when we are ill, bereaved, in pain, depressed, or struggling with despair. What does it mean to say that “life is a gift”? How can it be a gift when it is so painful—when we have days when we’d like to throw a ‘return to sender’ label on the whole part and parcel and ship it back to the Giver?…

Read the whole thing, and be sure to check out the other great conversations over there.

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